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Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education

"Every night I fell asleep dreaming about going to school like my brothers," Razia says. Her grandfather wishes she could too; he remembers a time, before the wars and the Taliban, when educated women in Afghanistan became doctors, government workers and journalists, and how this made families and the country stronger. So when her grandfather tells her there's a school for girls being built in their Afghan village, Razia is excited. At last, girls will have the same opportunity to be educated as boys.

Razia knows, however, that she will need permission from her father and her oldest brother, Aziz, in order to be allowed to attend the school. She begs her grandfather, "Please, Baba gi, ask Baba and Aziz if I may go. I must go." But will her grandfather's words be enough to convince the younger men of the value of an education for Razia?

Inspired by Razia Jan's real-life experiences when she built the Zabuli Education Center outside of Kabul, Afghanistan, author Elizabeth Suneby uses a fictionalized story to deftly personalize the plight of many children around the world who are not being educated. This inspiring story from the CitizenKid collection also includes information about Razia Jan's work and activities to teach kids more about Afghanistan and the quest for equal educational access.

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"Razia’s yearning for school is described in rich, context-specific language: 'They painted the door red, as bright as the flames of the tandoor.' Verelst’s mixed-media illustrations feel fresh and modern while remaining true to the rural environment, combining crisp, detailed pencil renderings with digital reproductions of traditional Afghani fabrics and photographs, situating Razia’s story firmly in the sun-bleached, rocky terrain of rural Afghanistan. The back matter includes a list of classroom-friendly activities that should help teachers encourage readers to appreciate the literary, artistic, and historical elements of this book." -- Amina Chaudhri, Booklist

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Elizabeth Suneby
Illustrator Suana Verelst
ISBN 1554538165
Publication Date Sep 1, 2013
Publisher Kids Can Press
Series Name Citizen Kid
Language English